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London hospital halts urgent cancer surgery due to Covid cases

Concern among staff as King’s College postpones operations amid shortage of ICU beds

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One of the NHS’s biggest hospitals has had to cancel urgent cancer surgery this week because so many of its intensive care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients.

King’s College hospital in south London called off all “priority two” cancer operations it was due to perform on Monday and Tuesday. They are procedures that cancer specialists have judged to be urgent and need to be done within 28 days of the decision to undertake them.

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